Tax - Registered customers by entity type 2001–2017

Inland Revenue


Registered customers include all customers registered with Inland Revenue, either individuals or entities.
Individuals: Customers not registered for GST or PAYE and not belonging to large enterprises (LE) or non-profit organisations (NPO).
The number of individuals is over 2 million greater than the population of the country. The main reason for this is that many New Zealanders go abroad, but stay in our system either because they still have tax affairs in New Zealand such as paying off a student loan, or because they have not notified Inland Revenue that they are no longer New Zealand residents. The total number of registered individuals also includes overseas workers who have worked in New Zealand on a seasonal or temporary basis, customers who have died, and customers who may have more than one IRD number. If Inland Revenue receives no notification of a change in status, these customers remain as registered customers.
Entity type: A classification of customers based on their legal structure and tax obligations. These include companies, diplomatic missions, government departments, individuals, Māori authorities, partnerships, society/clubs, superannuation funds, trusts, unit trusts.

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Limitations of the data

Figures for 2017 are provisional, hence they are not shown on the chart.

Data provided by

Inland Revenue

Dataset name

Tax Statistics: Registered customers by entity type 2017


How to find the data

At URL provided, download the Excel data for 'Registered customers by entity type 2008 to 2017'.

Import & extraction details

File as imported: Tax Statistics: Registered customers by entity type 2017

From the dataset Tax Statistics: Registered customers by entity type 2017, this data was extracted:

  • Sheet: Archives
  • Range: B4:R15
  • Provided: 204 data points

Dataset originally released on:

November 24, 2017

Method of collection/Data provider

Tax statistics include only data collected by Inland Revenue.
Some numbers in the tables are rounded, which means the totals are not always consistent with the sums across the corresponding categories.
Tax statistics are dynamic and are continuously updated due to return filing processes. The data is correct as of the date of extraction.